Former President Barack Obama’s administration paid massive “performance bonuses” to Bruce Ohr, the DOJ official who played a role in Russiagate and spying on Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election.
As noted by Fox News, newly discovered documents show that Obama’s DOJ gave Ohr over $42,000 in “performance bonuses” around the same time he allegedly played a controversial role in helping elevate the Clinton-funded dossier to the highest levels of the FBI and DOJ.
In 2015, Ohr was given a $14,520 bonus.
Then, the Obama administration doubled his performance bonus in 2016 and gave him $28,000.
Between 2015 and 2016, Ohr was paid $42,250 while he was engulfed in controversy regarding Russiagate.
The conservative group Judicial Watch, known for suing for public records, released the documents related to Ohr’s salary Friday, saying they obtained them from the Justice Department through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Ohr’s actions during that time have been of interest to investigators, as it’s believed Ohr was the back channel between Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and the FBI. It was also revealed that his wife, Nellie Ohr, conducted opposition research on Trump for the firm Fusion GPS – the same company that commissioned the dossier – raising conflict of interest questions.
Judicial Watch is questioning why Ohr, who was later demoted at DOJ, was given a bonus.
Ohr came under fire after it was revealed that he failed to disclose that Fusion GPS was paying his wife and didn’t seek a conflict of interest waiver from the DOJ.
His wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for Fusion GPS around the same time period it was involved in paying former British spy Christopher Steele to compile his infamous dossier.
Serious questions are being raised about whether Fusion GPS and Nellie used Bruce’s senior status at the DOJ to elevate the anti-Trump dossier to trigger the Russia investigation.
Bruce Ohr was demoted from his post as Associate Deputy Attorney General in 2018 after an internal probe revealed that he failed to disclose on two occasions that his wife was working with Fusion GPS.
More importantly, Nellie Ohr was being paid by Fusion GPS to conduct analysis and research on Russia.
Fusion GPS was given more than $9 million to fund efforts to compile the dossier by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Fusion GPS likely used Nellie Ohr to give the dossier to Bruce Ohr, who then used his senior status at the DOJ to lay the foundation for the Russia probe.
The FBI then took the dossier from the DOJ and obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on Carter Page, a volunteer to Trump’s 2016 campaign.
This paved the way for Robert Mueller to take over the Russia investigation.
With all of this considered, Ohr was stilled paid $42,250 in “performance bonus” while he was engulfed in controversy surrounding allegations that Trump’s campaign was illegally spied on by the Obama administration.